By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – Miami Spice celebrates its eighteenth year with a triumphal return on August 1st until September 30th throughout the greater Miami area and its Beaches. Fixed menus of three-course meals will be offered once more at 215 of the finest area restaurants with lunch cost $23, and dinner $39, plus tax and tip.
The popular event allows locals and visitors alike to try the finest Miami has to offer at an affordable price, with such a wide variety of locales participating, everyone is sure to find a place of their liking. In addition, restaurants and businesses have found a way to gain clientele during the slower summer months.
Miami Spice kicks-off with an all-out celebration this July 31st, from 6PM to 9PM at Jungle Island. The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau are hosts of the fabulous event, what will be a “divine culinary experience featuring a variety of the 2019 Miami Spice Restaurants.”
In addition, drinks will be served by some of the sponsors, which are all recognizable names, such as Absolut, Stella Artois, Facundo Rum Collection, JNSQ Wines and Café Bustelo.
Of course, no party is complete without live entertainment, and hip-hop band Spam Allstars will be in charge of providing it. Not to be missed that night are also the Live Art Activations provided by the Miami Heritage and Culture Interactive Experiences. Ticket prices vary from $50 to $100.
Even though it last for two months, once Miami Spice starts it is always a challenge to choose which restaurants to offer. One of the trendiest places, certainly the super chic NY spin-off, is Upland at 49 Collins Ave.
This crowd favorite participates in Miami Spice every year and combines many of the classics dishes that the restaurant is known for. Upland’s Executive Chef Justin Smillie brings his California cuisine and greatest hits, such as: Upland Cheeseburger, Bucatini Cacio e Pepe, Kabayaki Trout, Coal Roasted Short Rib, among others.
Another popular spot is Habitat at the uber hip 1 Hotel South Beach at 2341 Collins Avenue. Kaiti Galica, Food and Beverage Manager at the Hotel, commented “ we revamped our Habitat menu every June to a summer seasonal selection.
We will be switching our menu to be different in August and September. We have so many new delicious dishes that will be showcased through both Miami Spice menus, with full-sized portions, so guests can come back and take a journey through the whole summer menu at an approachable price during our low season.”
Popular restaurants in Miami Beach participating in Miami Spice are: 27 Restaurant and Bar, Bird & Bone, Casa Faena Restaurant, Donna Mare, Essensia Restaurant and Lounge, Hakkasan, Los Fuegos at Faena, Market at Edition, New Campo Argentino Steakhouse, Pao by Paul Qui at Faena, Salinity Restaurant & Terrace, Scarpetta at the Fontainebleau, Silverlake Bistro, StripSteak by Michael Mine, The Jim and Neesie and Taymore by Michael Schwartz.
For a full list of restaurants participating in Miami Spice 2019 click here.